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Victory Is Ours

by | 20th, November 2003

‘IT was touch and go for a while but now England are guaranteed victory in the Rugby World Cup.

‘Cheer up! There’s always the Close Harmony Singing Championships’

News in the Mail is that David Beckham is backing England for glory in Saturday’s final – and, with the patron saint of celebrity on her side, England cannot fail.

And the news gets better as the Mail also reports on how Alex Ferguson is supporting England’s bid for glory.

“It’s hard for a Scot to support England but I’ll be watching the final and I hope they win – if only because I think their coach is a wonderful man and brilliant at his job.”

How very typical of the Manchester United manager to support a fellow professional and spread some bouquets as he goes!

And so it goes on in the Mail, with Sir Bobby Robson sparing a few thoughts about England.

”I hope an England win kicks off a good day for Newcastle,” says Sir Bobby, the Magpies’ manager, putting things in their true perspective.

To watching Australians it would seem that the Mail is reflecting the mood of the British public. But, as Robson hinted, rugby remains a minor sport in these lands. And it’s football that dominates, as ever.

“CRUSHED,” says the Sun, announcing the grim news that both Scotland and Wales will not be travelling to the Euro 2004 finals, having lost their play-off matches to Holland and Russia, respectively.

Indeed, lost is a kind way to view the Scottish demise, as they were thrashed 6-0 in Amsterdam, a drubbing that included a hat-trick from Ruud van Nistelrooy.

With a national team that can provide a result like that it suddenly seems less of a surprise that Scot Alex Ferguson should be rooting for England in the rugby.

Nothing is more attractive than success. Just look at the masses of United shirts on show in Ipswich.

As such, it’s hard to blame Mark Hughes if he decides to quit as manager of the Welsh team. Who wants to be in charge of perennial failure?

The Express says that Hughes’ future at the helm of Welsh football is in doubt after his side’s 1-0 defeat last night.

“My job is to get Wales to a major championship and I have now failed twice,” says Hughes.

Given the limited playing resources at his disposal it would be churlish to blame Hughes for Wales’ failure.

Better to do as the Australians do and just call the other side names, like boring, arrogant and, er, boring.’



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